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The left, not Trump, in bed with Russia

The Democratic National Committee computer system was easily hacked by the Russians. The personal email of the chairman of the Clinton presidential campaign was even more easily stolen by the Russians. The Obama administration apparently knew as early as last summer that the Russians were up to great mischief in trying to interfere in our presidential election — but it was paralyzed into inaction.

Saudi Arabia moving in right direction

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman recently issued a royal decree, changing the name of the Saudi Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution to the more concise Public Prosecution. He also relieved Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of his role as minister of the interior and overseer of criminal investigations. Public prosecution now reports directly to King Salman, which will have a huge impact on Saudi Arabia’s legal system.

Why no one trusts mainstream news

Last Wednesday I heard multiple radio commercials from the AARP hysterically attacking the Senate’s health-care bill and urging West Virginia voters to call Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and pressure her to oppose the bill. This morning, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was still on the floor of the Senate making his very first public statements about the bill, many mainstream-media outlets were publicizing a poll in which large numbers of Americans oppose the bill.

Now they want to read

I find it laughable that the Democratic congressional members are claiming no one has had time to read or study the 1,000-page, Republican-sponsored Obamacare modification. Yet I seem to remember that in 2010, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Congress to pass President Obama’s 2,000-page health-care act so that Congress and all of America could “find out what’s in it “

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Enforcing laws not racist

In President Bill Clinton's 1995 State of the Union address he said all Americans were disturbed by the number of illegal immigrants in the country. He noted the burdens that illegals put on taxpayers and vowed to crack down aggressively. Mr. Clinton received a standing ovation for his remarks. There were few protests, if any. The media, Hollywood and Democrats were not outraged. Meryl Streep did not say the brown shirts were coming. Madonna didn't threaten to burn the White House down. The Washington Post and other reporters did not write articles every day calling Mr. Clinton a racist or saying that he wanted to break up families.

Keep promises of repeal

We were well-informed in 2009 of the disastrous impact Obamacare would have on the American public. Now, with the Republicans in control of the House, Senate and White House (and a more positive influence in the Supreme Court), we have a chance to fix this situation.

What about Clintons' anti-Semitism?

There is a certain hypocrisy in Rep. Jerry Nadler and other Democrats calling upon President Trump to condemn anti-Semitism. Many of these same people failed to condemn the Rev. Jesse Jackson for his infamous remarks about Jews in 1984, as well as comments that have been made by other Democrats. These of course include Hillary Clinton, who was seen and heard screaming an anti-Semitic epithet at her husband's campaign manager following Bill Clinton's 1974 lost congressional-seat bid in Arkansas.

Climate change, not tax, real burden

Thank you for reporting on the carbon dividends plan released by Republican elder statesmen and the Climate Leadership Council. According to the article, "Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and their anti-tax allies are moving quickly to crush conservative proposals for a carbon tax before they even have time to breathe" ("Republicans move to block conservative proposals for carbon tax," Web, Feb. 19).

Media trying to toss Trump

The media in South Africa did the same thing to President F.W. DeKlerk that the U.S. media is doing to Donald Trump today. It was done to remove Mr. DeKlerk from power and establish the communist Nelson Mandela. Under Mr. DeKlerk, a world-renowned capitalist, the people were prosperous and happy. Under Mr. Mandela they suffered in dire poverty and despair.

Professor should apologize

A college student who recorded a professor making anti-Trump comments allegedly violated a policy that "prohibits the recording of someone on district property without that person's knowledge or consent" ("Caleb O'Neil, Orange Coast College student, suspended for recording professor's anti-Trump rant," Web, Feb. 15). What is the college's policy on a professor teaching hatred and vitriol about the president of the United States to students whose parents probably pay an enormous amount for their offspring to learn something of value, not to hear disparaging words about the leader of the free world?

Stop 'death by decree'

Congress can stop the "death by decree" simply by writing regulation into statute ("Congress must stop death by decree," Web, Feb. 19). Members and staff who draft legislation can concurrently envision how they want the law carried out and put those ideas (including a cost cap) into the proposed statute, thus leaving no ambiguity or discretion to the executive branch.

Support the president

President Trump has a lot of opposition from the Democrats, and that was expected. But what wasn't expected is the opposition he is getting from Republicans. He isn't perfect, but is a million times better than Hillary Clinton would have been. He has taken on the Herculean task of straightening out the disaster that the Democrats have created. He can use some help instead of constant criticism from his own party.

Trump closing divide

Actor Shia LaBeouf contends that President Trump is creating a divide in America ("Actor Shia LaBeouf brings anti-Trump piece to New Mexico," Feb. 19, 2017). I say he's got things reversed: The divide was already there and it created Mr. Trump. Allow me to explain.

Intelligence rift a security concern

As a former naval intelligence officer, I am concerned about the Trump administration's adverse impact on our national security. It appears that Trump campaign aides, including former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, contacted Russian officials during the presidential election, and this might have compromised our democratic election process. Mr. Flynn was forced to resign because of his contact with the Russians.

Put 'two-state solution' on ice

With the current leadership of the Palestinian Authority, I suggest that both the United States and Israel abandon for the time being any negotiations to achieve statehood for the Palestinian Authority, or for the Gaza government under Hamas.

Spyship story not news

The Russian spyship controversy is fake news. Russian spy ships have been off the coast of Connecticut as well as other locations along our coast for 70 years. They are constantly monitoring the comings and goings of our nuclear submarines.

Focus on jobs, not feelings

During his campaign, President Trump talked a lot about infrastructure. He was going to build new schools, new roads, new bridges, etc. He was going to put 100,000 people to work, and that was just for starters. So far, all I've heard for three weeks is 'Everyone is picking on me.' Mr. Trump doesn't like what this person said; he doesn't like what that person said. He is constantly sending out angry tweets.

Media did due diligence on nominees

Now that Michael Flynn has been forced out as national security adviser, Andrew Puzder has had to withdraw his name from nomination for labor secretary and Betsy DeVos was so unpopular as to have needed the vice president to break a tie vote on her confirmation as education secretary, one wonders whether the Trump administration will learn anything from these debacles.

Needed: Fearless leaders

The Republican Party is beset by leaders who fear the press. Former House Speaker John Boehner displayed enormous trepidation when speaking to media members, and current Speaker Paul Ryan shows the same weakness. For the past four years Ryan has encouraged his members to vote with the Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't even possess confidence in conservatism, much less confidence in espousing it, in public.

Grow Republican base organically

The GOP, under President Trump and Vice President Pence, has the ability to rewrite many new U.S. strategy playbooks. The primary Republican strategy must be to expand and broaden the party's successes and capitalize on the Trump-delivered majorities.

Voters must pay attention again

Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers held a unique view of the branches of government, their powers and how these powers related to one another. Maybe it's time we revisited this view. The Constitution is at stake and the way in which our country resolves the internal conflicts it is experiencing today could determine our fate for many years to come.

Disgraceful Democrats

The Senate is referred to as "the greatest deliberative body in the world," which is one of those big lies that are believed if repeated often enough. During the recent confirmation hearings, I haven't seen any deliberating.